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Situated on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas has transformed from a sleepy fishing village into one of Mexico’s top holiday locations. The area is known for its expansive sandy beaches, striking limestone formations, and harsh desert landscape that bursts into life and color following rainfall. Clear blue seas abound with recreation opportunities, from jet-skiing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding to parasailing, scuba diving, and sports fishing charters. Large amusement parks and championship golf courses line the ‘Resort Corridor,’ and the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are filled with restaurants serving fresh local seafood, upscale shopping malls, and drinking establishments ranging from relaxed cocktail lounges to rocking live music bars and pumping nightclubs. Accommodations within Cabo range from cute boutique hotels to sprawling mega-resorts, but many visitors choose to stay at an all-inclusive property for the ultimate holiday experience. Below, the finest options to be found.
Best Overall: Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort
Facing over desert dunes, golf greens, and wide sandy beaches, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort is a sprawling, adults-only luxury resort. Built in the style of a Spanish colonial mansion with whitewashed walls and terracotta tiles, modern rooms feature warm earthy tones and come with ocean or garden views, with swim-up entrances on ground floor suites and furnished balconies for those on the first floor. As well as the championship golf course, a particular highlight is the Secrets Spa by Pevonia where guests can receive body wraps of mud, seaweed or chocolate, enjoy Swedish, sports, and hot stone massages, and pamper themselves with hair, manicure, and pedicure services. The friendly staff serves drinks and snacks for guests lounging on the beach or around the pools. A range of restaurants, cafes, and bars offer Mexican, Asian, and grill cuisine, quality coffee and top-shelf liquors in beautiful dining rooms, poolside terraces, and ocean view alfresco pagodas.
Best Budget: Royal Solaris Los Cabos
With a prime beachfront location and surrounded by the shops and restaurants of the Zona Hotelera in San Jose del Cabo, the Royal Solaris Los Cabos is one of the best value all-inclusive hotels to be found in the area. The palatial lobby — full of deep leather couches, hardwood coffee tables, and ornate lighting — creates a lasting first impression. Large modern rooms are simply furnished and come with ocean, garden, or city views. Children will be entertained by the activities offered in the kids' and teens' clubs, on the slides in the fun water park, or running around on the beach volleyball and basketball courts. Parents can relax in the jacuzzis and steam rooms (as well as on the massage tables of the spa), lounge around the peaceful adults-only pool, or keep active in the fitness center. Guests can dine under Roman columns and artwork in the Marco Polo restaurant, enjoy authentic Mexican fare at Panchos, or savor Mediterranean flavors in the poolside alfresco terrace of Rosmarinus.
Best Boutique: Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Estates
The Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Estates offers the seclusion and solitude of private villa residences while providing all the benefits of an all-inclusive resort through unrestricted access to the restaurants, bars, and facilities of four nearby luxury resorts. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the sandy expanses of the Pueblo Bonito Beach, each of the three-bedroom villas comes with a private infinity pool, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, and furnished upstairs balconies with BBQ facilities. Villas are decorated in a rich, traditional style with hardwood furniture, plush couches, and a generous fireplace. Bathrooms feature walk-in rainfall showers and separate tubs, and modern kitchens conceal marble counters, chrome fittings, and an island bar. Guests can relax and enjoy the spa, fitness center, and pool at the private estate clubhouse, or take a complimentary shuttle to nearby sister properties to enjoy all the amenities and services on offer.
Best for Families: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
Located in the heart of the Zona Hotelera, with restaurants, shopping, and the Cabo Dolphin center within easy walking distance, the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos provides the perfect setting for a fun family vacation. Spacious rooms come with large TVs, iPod docks, and Nespresso coffee machines, and feature modern décor with natural wood accents. An expansive kids pool is kitted out with water slides and a jungle gym and is directly adjacent to the kids and teens clubs which feature foosball, video games, and other diversions. A separate adults pool offers the swim-up Baja Bar, and the large freeform main pool leads onto the beachfront infinity pool with scenic hot tubs. A tranquil spa and well-equipped fitness center are also available. Dining options include a sushi bar, Spanish tapas, sophisticated French cuisine, and traditional beach grills. Helpful concierge service is available to assist in planning family excursions to attractions within the local area.
Best for Romance: Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa
Facing a secluded stretch of beach just a short drive from San Jose del Cabo, the adults-only Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa is an ideal location for a romantic getaway. The luxurious, upscale resort is built in a graceful and modern style, where guests are immediately met by striking lines and angles in the soaring open-air lobby, opulent pool courtyard, and scenic terraces. Roomy suites are simply but richly decorated with polished tile floors, mahogany furniture, and brightly-colored cushions. Spacious bathrooms feature walk-in showers and large hydromassage tubs, and attached balconies or terraces feature private plunge pools and sea views. Waterfalls, statues, and palms punctuate the winding, free-form infinity pool which also offers a swim-up bar and stunning sunset views. Gourmet cuisine — ranging from pan-Asian-inspired creations to signature Thierry Dufour French dishes — is served in intimate dining rooms and beachside alfresco terraces.
Best for Luxury: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort
From the centerpiece fountain in the airy lobby to the shaded mahogany cabanas on the inviting beach, guests at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort are surrounded by elegance and tasteful splendor. Open-plan suites feature modern, sophisticated décor, with natural wood tones and large furnished balconies with cozy firepits. The resort features a free-form infinity pool, a Condé Nast award-winning spa and access to the Quivira Golf Club. Four restaurants range from fresh Mediterranean cuisine in an open modern space to sushi and sashimi dishes served in a beautiful Japanese teahouse garden. Elevated terraces and lawns — scattered with comfy lounges and blazing firepits — are a great spot to watch the sun set over the ocean while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails from the poolside bar. For an extra taste of luxury, guests can stay at The Towers, which offers private terrace balconies with plunge pools, enhanced amenities, and 24/7 service from attentive butlers.
Best for Singles: Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos
With an impressive rock ‘n' roll pedigree (having hosted the likes of Keith Richards), the Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos is the place to stay for guests looking to party. The hotel caters to a slightly older crowd and features 24/7 room service, a swim-up bar with poolside drink service, and a soothing spa that offers timeless treatments. Sun lounges line the edge of the free-form pools, with the centerpiece infinity pool overlooking the palm-thatch umbrellas and shaded cabanas of the adjacent beach. Tennis courts, a fitness center, and a packed schedule of activities provide ample recreation opportunities. Friendly and enthusiastic staff help get the party started with games, drinks, and music around the main pool, and numerous casual restaurants and lively bars keep guests happy throughout the day. In the evenings, guests head upstairs to continue the party amid the themed décor of the Stones Club lounge.
Best for Business: Sheraton Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar
A large resort built in a Mediterranean style — pink adobe walls, terracotta tiles, and all — the Sheraton Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar offers an authentic taste of local character as well as all the facilities and amenities of a modern resort. Eight spacious indoor meeting rooms can accommodate seminars and conferences of up to 1,600 attendees, and three outdoor event spaces are surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and offer ocean and golf course views. State of the art audio-visual equipment is available for presentations, and dedicated staff can provide full catering services. Guests can combine business and leisure on the greens of the nearby Cabo del Sol Golf Club which offers two challenging 18-hole courses: an ocean-view Jack Nicklaus links course and a Tom Weiskopf course that winds between desert dunes and rocky outcrops. A selection of scenic dining terraces and casual bars serve a range of cuisine and beverages and can accommodate business dinners and social events.
Best Beachfront: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort
Facing out over acres of quiet golden sands and towering rocky cliffs, the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort provides the ultimate in beach holiday experiences. With tennis and volleyball courts, kids and teens club, a fitness center, and an indulgent full-service spa, guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities and leisure. Six free-form pools scattered around the resort provide a variety of ambiances with the infinity pool overlooking the sweeping beach and ocean vistas. With a number of restaurants on-site, guests can dine on award-winning Mexican fare at the elegant La Frida restaurant, throw back fresh sushi on the open-air patio of Tazuna, or enjoy casual 24/7 bites seated among the columns, flagstone floors, and wrought-iron furniture of the Bistro balcony terrace. To finish the evening, head for the amphitheater, lawn area, or plunge pool which is dug into the rocks of the dramatic limestone outcrops — they're all ideal places to relax and enjoy panoramic sunset views in Cabo San Lucas.